On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Jerri Drain, BSN, RN, CWON and Monica Timko-Progar, BSN, RN, ET, CWS®, FACCWS, two of the authors of the WOCNext® 2022 ePoster, “Implementation of an Evidence-based, Content Validated, Standardized Support Surface Algorithm Tool in Home Health Care: A Quality Improvement Project.” Jerri and Monica share with us the initiatives that caused them to develop the quality improvement project, the process of implementing and managing the use of the algorithm, and the overall success of the project.
Click here to view the abstract “Implementation of an Evidence-based, Content Validated, Standardized Support Surface Algorithm Tool in Home Health Care: A Quality Improvement Project”
Click here to view the interactive ePoster from WOCNext 2022.
Click here to view the WOCN Support Surface Algorithm
Click here to view all WOCNext 2022 accepted abstracts and ePosters.
About the Speakers:
Jerri Drain, MBA, BSN, RN, has been a registered nurse for 25 years and a CWON for almost 20 years. She has 25 years of experience in home care. She has an MBA in Health Care Administration. She has worked in her role as Wound Care Director at Amedisys Home Health care for 17+ years, focusing on numerous Quality Improvement Initiations in the areas of wound and ostomy care.
Monica Timko-Progar, BSN, RN, ET, CWS, FACCWS, has been in the Home Health Care industry since 1985. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she has served in a variety of roles and positions in home health and hospice care starting as a field clinician. In 1993, she completed advanced training as a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse. Since that time, she has practiced in her area of expertise providing consultative services and education until functioning as the Corporate AVP of Wound Care Excellence at Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care. She received her Certified Wound Specialist credentials in 2008 and is a Fellow of the American College of Certified Wound Specialists. She is a member of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®), the American Board of Wound Management, and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. She has served as a board member for the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists serving in the role of treasurer and also Chairperson of the vendor committee. She has also participated as a Key Opinion Leader for ConvaTec ostomy division and is a charter member of the Coalition for at-risk skin (CARS) that recently constructed 21 consensus statements for at-risk skin with a subsequent article to be published. Monica is the author of several articles and has had poster presentations at both the WOCN Society and the Symposium for the Advancement of Wound Care (SAWC) conferences. She was a guest speaker at the WOCN annual conference in Nashville, TN in June 2014, and at the WOCNext® annual conference in Ft. Worth, TX in 2022. Monica and her Amedisys wound care colleagues were recently awarded the Clinical Practice Manuscript award by the Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing (JWOCN®), recognizing their contribution to clinical care, for their quality improvement project entitled; “Implementation of an Evidenced Based Content Validation Standardized Ostomy Algorithm Tool in Home Health Care”.